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Léo Sighted in the U.S.

MarketWatch claims he’s also been seen by HP people in Germany, the UK and France

HP's elusive new CEO Léo Apotheker, sought by Oracle process servers and private investigators, has reportedly been on HP premises in Massachusetts and Texas this week talking to HP employees, one of whom ratted him out to MarketWatch.

Reuters tumbled to the fact that he was in Tokyo last Friday after the Nikkei published an interview with him in Japanese.

MarketWatch claims he's also been seen by HP people in Germany, the UK and France.

He has to be in California for Oracle to subpoena him and get him on the stand in its SAP copyright trial now at the end of its second week.

Ellison testified at the packed copyright trial Monday that if SAP had tried to license the software it illegally downloaded - which he's trying to hold Apotheker responsible for - it would have cost $4 billion. But that was only a hypothetical, he said, because such a deal would have undermined Oracle's business. SAP could have lured 20%-30% of Oracle's newly acquired PeopleSoft accounts away. Oracle couldn't document the figure.

Answering a question posed by David Boies, his own lawyer, Ellison said if Oracle's software wasn't protected by copyrights Oracle would be close to going out of business and if SAP could get Oracle software for free "we'd have a hard time paying our 100,000 employees...they could make a very credible offer to all of our customers."

SAP found it odd that discovery had turned up no evidence of Ellison's alleged initial concern over SAP's $10 million acquisition of TomorrowNow in 2005 and Ellison reportedly retorted, "I would never write anything like that down."

SAP has other Oracle e-mail and financial presentations initially minimizing the TomorrowNow threat. Oracle co-president Safra Catz later testified that Oracle had to work especially hard to keep customers from defecting to TomorrowNow and it needed to retain them to cover the $11 billion it paid for PeopleSoft. Part of Oracle's allure was its IP, which SAP couldn't replicate.

Although Oracle claims it lost 358 customers to SAP because of TomorrowNow, Ellison couldn't name one of them.

SAP will contend that Oracle would have lost them anyway because of customer unease when Oracle bought PeopleSoft and JD Edwards and in fact it retained more than it thought it would.

Oracle had been asking the court for $2.3 billion in damages but with the court taking its up-sell and cross-sell claims off the table the other day, Oracle's damage expert Paul Meyer figures SAP should pay Oracle $1.66 billion.

SAP, which has admitted it's liable, only wants to pay $40 million. Catz called that offer "a reward for bad behavior."

Besides Justice Department and SEC observers, the FBI has also been in court watching. So SAP problems may not end with this case.

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